Kathryn "Kay" Wiggins Brand
MCALLEN, TX: Kathryn "Kay" Wiggins Brand passed away peacefully on April 22, 2012 after a lengthy illness since January.
Kay was born in Coshocton, Ohio on August 7, 1923.
She was the second of six children born to Marguerite and Arthur Wiggins. Her father was a railroad engineer until the Great Depression when he became a share cropper. Farming during that era included planting with a mule and harvesting with your hands. Her formative years forged the bonds of a closely knit family which endured through their lifetimes.
Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, three of Kay's brothers joined the Armed Forces. She overcame her father's objections and joined the Women Marines in 1943.
While working in transportation services refueling tanks, she met Marine Master Sergeant, Othal E. Brand. He was a southern Georgia boy and on R & R from Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Her eyes would twinkle when recalling how they met. They were married for 64 years until his death in 2009.
After marrying, the couple moved to Atlanta, Georgia where Othal worked with his brothers in a booming post war business, Brand Brothers Produce.
The years in produce included many car travels for the Brand family throughout the states while following the crops for nine years.
McAllen, Texas became their choice location to settle down. They rented a home, bought a piano and a set of encyclopedias. Othal bought acreage to build a home when Harvey Drive was the northern boundary for the city limits of McAllen,Texas.
Late in life Kay was honored as a recipient of the American Heart Award and included for special recognition at the McAllen War Memorial. The family memorial there aptly reads "Service in War and Peace"
Kay was much involved in the community with the Boys and Girls clubs. Her community activities included working with Girl Scouts. She was a Brownie troop leader in Atlanta and until her death was a staunch supporter of WINGS (Women in Girl Scouts). Being actively involved with her son's Boy Scout troop had been another joy for her.
She served tirelessly for many years on the McAllen Public Library Board.
Kay Brand has four children: Marjorie Lynn Ferrell, Karyn Sue Purvis, O. E. Brand Jr and Cynthia Lee Brand. 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren She is also survived by her brother, Don Wiggins, his wife Patricia and her sister, Clara Herrick, her sisters-in-law Elnora Wiggins, Carolyn Jackson and numerous much loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved Othal E. Brand, her parents, Marguerite and Arthur Wiggins, her sister, Virginia Guthrie and husband Earl Wiggins, brothers John Wiggins and Ray Wiggins and brother-in-law Jack Herrick.
Visitation will be from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church.
The funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Calvary Baptist Church.
Entombment will follow at Roselawn Mausoleum.
Published in the Coshocton Tribune on April 25, 2012 .